has anyone every built there own laptop??

  westdudes 16:40 06 Feb 2004

hi...for ages i've been self taught on building pc's and have become fairly good at it.but has anyone ever built there own laptop?and where do they get the parts from?? i can't find anything on the internet..maybe it not something for everyone to do yet but im just wondering what the people in the forum think??

  Sir Radfordin 16:55 06 Feb 2004

No...and wouldn't even think of doing it. There are very few companies in the world that build laptops because they are far more 'specialist' than desktops. Most laptops are the same just badged differently and with upgraded specs (memory/processor/hard drive etc).

You can't do it and won't save any money by doing so.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 16:57 06 Feb 2004

Getting the case and screen would prove difficult. All laptop parts are OTT on price so it would not even be a cheap option.


  Gaz 25 17:01 06 Feb 2004

I have built serveral laptops, but as suggested requires exrensive know how, and you must be able to know how to modify motherboards, or solder things down, as there is a bit of this is Laptops.

I would stay clear, they are quite difficult.

  westdudes 17:01 06 Feb 2004

probably not...im not thinking about building a laptop because i do realise its very heavy priced...im just thinking of researching it for my own education....i learnt to build pc's and do software programming and hardware improvements and repair just via reading things on the internet....im just thinking of building my computer skills :)

  Sir Radfordin 17:37 06 Feb 2004

Why not build your computer skills with something useful instead? Most problems that occur on a laptop will be fixed under warranty/insurance and failing that will be cheaper to replace.

  spikeychris 17:42 06 Feb 2004

Never actually built one from scratch but I've stripped 'em down and swapped processors etc.

Its not difficult when you already have the bits and pieces IE: case, screen and motherboard but sourcing the gubbins would be a bit of a nightmare plus it would cost a hell of a lot more than buying one

  Forum Editor 17:43 06 Feb 2004

Most laptop chassis are made by one of four huge companies in Taiwan - then they're shipped to the destination company for finishing/badging. Even Hewlett Packard laptops start life like this. It just isn't worth building one for yourself, and in any case it would be extremely difficult, and you couldn't produce anything that was as reliable as a manufactured item.

  pinka 17:51 06 Feb 2004

im curious, who are the big four companies ? and do they sell individually or just in bulk ?

  andrew-216448 17:53 06 Feb 2004

the closest thing to what you are after are barebone systems like the desknote series by ECS. You will be the one to supply it with the cpu, memory, hdd and cd drives. the desknote a980 even comes with its own graphics card.

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